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March 2018

 
 
 
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The McHale Report, by mil-embedded.com Editorial Director John McHale, covers technology and procurement trends in the defense and aerospace electronics community.

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EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK
 
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Aligning technology advances with the slow Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition process and mitigating obsolescence with the long DoD life cycles are the biggest challenges facing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing suppliers in today's military electronics market, says Rich Sorelle, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Abaco Systems in the following Q and A.
 
 
INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT
 
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The constant push for increased bandwidth requirements mean that avionics engineers must continually design connectors that handle ever-higher data rates. As connector designs focus more squarely on data rates, all kinds of users are asking for the most cutting-edge technology - all within a small package.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Model 5983-313 is a 4-Ch. 250 MHz A/D with DDCs, 2-Ch. 800 MHz D/A with DUC & Interpolator 3U VPX board. Its built-in data capture features offer a turnkey solution as well as a platform for developing and deploying custom FPGA-processing IP. This high-performance board is optimized for radar, communications or general data acquisition applications.
 
 
 
 
 
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These days, multifunction radars handle functions from surveillance to jamming to fire control, and can track multiple targets in both short- and long-range threats. That means one thing for your active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar design--you need a lot more signal processing power. As digital processing speeds increase, data converters are implemented closer to the antenna, driving size and weight reductions. 
 
 
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Viasat officials conducted a ViaSat-2 satellite communications (SATCOM) demonstration showing a number of cloud-based government applications. The demonstration - attended by U.S. Armed forces representatives - enabled over 100Mbps speeds on the ViaSat-2 satellite system. Viasat is now offering these capabilities to for government, defense, and military applications.
 
 
 
 
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Electronic warfare (EW) technologies, normally deployed in ground, naval and airborne platforms, provide a strategic and tactical advantage in the modern battlefield. At the same time, modern military forces continue to transition from conventional weapons to precision-guided weapons (PGW), with enhanced strike capabilities. 
 
Annapolis Micro Systems
 
 
 
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A recent U.S. Army exercise saw 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones knocked out of the sky after a high-power microwave and laser dune buggy from Raytheon advanced engaged and destroyed them.
 
 
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Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) officials granted CSRA LLC and Oracle Federal Managed Cloud Services a Department of Defense (DoD) Provisional Authorization (PA) for Impact Level 5 Systems (DoD PA IL5).
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a key place on the $8.27 billion Joint Enterprise Research Development, Acquisition and Procurement (JE RDAP) contract.
 
 
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Students and professors at the University of Virginia (UVA) and engineers and scientists from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) are working together through the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) to develop a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of additive manufacturing (3-D printing).
 
 
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials modified an existing contract with Raytheon to perform Technical Refresh 1 of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). The contract is worth an estimated $73 million.
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Australian government officials announced that BAE Systems Australia will lead a $1 billion project to upgrade the country's long-range, high-frequency radar network. The Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) covers Australia's coastal approaches through a network...
 
 
 
 
MIL TECH INSIDER
 
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 A new, higher-performance era of VPX (VITA 46) computing was launched in January - at the Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) 2018 Conference in Austin, Texas - with the announcement that Gen 5 VPX data rates will run on today's standard VPX connector. The initial Gen 5 VPX protocols are expected to be 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100G-KR4) and Infiniband EDR [enhanced data rate].
 
 
MARKET/BUSINESS DEALS
 
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Defense and intelligence contractor Polaris Alpha has won $96 million in U.S. Air Force task orders that involve work in software development, maintenance, and enhancements for command-and-control and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.
 
 
 
 
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Electro-magnetic interference (EMI) filters are critical components in any electrical design, especially in support of military systems requiring partial or complete qualification to MIL-STD-461. EMI filters are designed to reduce high frequency conducted and radiated electronic noise which may create interference with other electrical devices. Embedding EMI filters into the power supply, a potential signal source, is a key feature in any power supply design.
 
 
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European Space Agency (ESA) officials selected Inmarsat to develop satellite communication services that enable 4-D trajectory air traffic management in European airspace from 2020. The Iris program supports the Single European Skies ATM Research (SESAR) plan for next-generation air traffic management, which offers a strategic perspective...
 
 
 
 
 
 
When SWaP and reliability in extreme conditions matters most, choose X-ES embedded systems. Preferred defense COTS and custom hardware supplier.
 
 
 
 
 
UNIVERSITY UPDATE
 
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A National Science Foundation (NSF) expedition project it calls "Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computing" (EPiQC) aims to bridge the gap between quantum designs currently in use and the algorithms necessary to fully embrace their power. In an effort to help accelerate the potential of quantum computing, NSF recently launched EPiQC, a $10 million expedition into quantum computing.
 
 
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Research and development laboratory HRL Laboratories is working with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation of gallium nitride (GaN) transistors with dramatically improved linearity and reduced power consumption for use in electronic devices in such applications as radio communications and radar.
 
 
 
 
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The military market for artificial intelligence (AI) -- valued at $5.54 billion in 2016 -- is projected to reach $18.82 billion by 2025, according to a new study published by MarketsandMarkets titled "Artificial Intelligence in Military Market by Offering (Software, Hardware, Services), Technology (Learning and Intelligence, Advanced Computing, AI Systems), Application (Information Processing, Cyber Security), Platform, Region - Global Forecast to 2025."
 
Applied Avionics
 
 
 
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Northrop Grumman Corp. has won a contract from space technology design/build firm Space Systems Loral (SSL) to supply its space navigation system for SSL's next-generation satellite constellation.
 
 
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IT/engineering company Leidos announced that it won a follow-on task order by the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide mission support services to the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Prototyping Integration and Testing Division (PIandTD).
 
 
 
 
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U.S. Army officials green-lit Phase II of the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program for "Augmented / Mixed Reality for Live Fire Ranges." BANC3 will develop a Head Mounted Display (HMD) and Augmented Reality (AR) software app that will enable U.S. Army Basic Rifleman Marksmanship training to replace traditional silhouette targets with virtual targets. 
 
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CYBERSECURITY UPDATE
 
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What constitutes an act of war in cyberspace? Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran - all made headlines in the past year by conducting malicious acts against the United States. So far, however, their actions do not fall under the category that would constitute an act of war. 
 
 
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Lockheed Martin won a U.S. Navy contract valued initially at $150 million -- with options worth up to $942.8 million -- for the development, manufacture, and delivery of two high-power laser weapon systems that will integrate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and counter-unmanned aerial system (counter-UAS) capabilities.

 
 
 
 
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The electronic warfare (EW) market is projected to grow from an estimated $24.20 billion in 2017 to $30.32 billion by 2022, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.61 percent during that time period, according to a new market study, "Electronic Warfare Market by Capability (Electronic Support, Electronic Attack, Electronic Protection), Platform...
 
Aitech Defense Systems
 
 
 
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Superconductor IC maker HYPRES recently partnered with the University of Massachusetts Amherst to accomplish a high-speed, energy-efficient digital data link between superconducting ICs and standard room-temperature electronics.
 
 
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The Office Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring the StealthAdapt project, which aims to identify individuals with the right skills to be an unmanned vehicles (UxV) operator. The Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and software company Adaptive Immersion Technologies are teaming up to for this project and will develop a computer game to identify these individuals.
 
 
 
 
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U.S. Navy officials accepted delivery of the littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Manchester (LCS-14). Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 14 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for May in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 
 
CHARITY
 
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Each issue in this section, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company - OpenSystems Media - will make a donation to every charity we showcase on this page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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